Istanbul Convention

The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, commonly known as the Istanbul Convention, is an international treaty between the countries of the Council of Europe signed in 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. Its signatories are committed to promote gender equality and prevent domestic violence.

Turkey withdrew from this convention, leading to Erdogan government facing diplomatic backlash from western allies as well as from the Turkish citizens. It was the first country to sign this treaty in 2011. According to several officials, the country pulled out of this treaty because it demeans the traditional structure of family, promotes divorce and encourages acceptance of LGBTQ in the society.


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